press release - 08201301

Summer / Labor Day AVOID The 12 DUI Campaign - UPDATE1

Santa Barbara County- August 20th, 2013

The Summer/Labor Day National Anti-DUI crackdown has resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests thus far, from local routine traffic enforcement and special ‘AVOID the 12’  DUI deployments in Santa Barbara County.

  From 12:01 AM Friday August 16, 2013 through 6:00 AM Tuesday August 20, 2013 officers representing 12 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 46 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  During the 2012 summer mobilization period there were 43 total arrests during the same time period. (**NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report**)

Tragically, on Saturday August 17th, there was a motorcycle fatality in Santa Barbara that may have been alcohol related.

For Friday, August 23rd, a DUI / Driver’s License Checkpoint will be conducted in the city of Goleta. Extra DUI Saturation Patrols will be deployed in all of the cities in Santa Barbara County this coming weekend.

A DUI Task Force will be deployed in the city of Santa Barbara on Saturday August 24th. All regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will focus efforts at stopping and arresting DUI drivers during their normal shifts.

“By means of educating the drivers,” said Senior Deputy Jeff Farmer of the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office, “our goal is to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the road.  Driving impaired, whether by means of alcohol or drugs, is completely avoidable.  There are so many other options available rather than driving when you are impaired.”

The ‘Avoid the 12’ grant is managed by the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office and allows other agencies throughout the county funds to provide additional DUI enforcement efforts.  The ‘Avoid the 12’ grant has been working in the county for the past 8 years.

Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911.  Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

DUI arrest data collection will continue through Labor Day midnight Monday, September 2, 2013.  Avoid programs, named for the number of police agencies in each county, Multiple/DUI Driver’s License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force operations and local Roving DUI patrols are set region wide during 18 day Summer/Labor Day Campaign.

For more information contact:
Sergeant Kevin Huddle
Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office
Office (805) 961-7516

Business Hours: (805) 681-4100

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